How-to: stop split ends
Kate Moss has fine, coloured hair and she hasn't done too badly in life, has she? Photo: Getty
Although working a smoothing serum through the mid-lengths and running a straightening iron over the ends is the fastest way to temporarily disguise brittle ends, heat-styling along with heavy-handed brushing and colouring, is essentially what causes the damage in the first place. But considering poker-straight hair is on the out with wash-‘n’-wear-looking styles set to take over for spring, we figured now is the prefect time to start tying up loose ends.
Don’t be a stranger to the salon
There’s no remedy for split ends like a good trim. “The biggest mistake most women make when trying to grow their hair is cancelling their regular appointments,” says Barney Martin from Barney Martin Hairdressing in Sydney. “But the longer you leave it in-between cuts, the greater the breakage which essentially means the more inches you’ll have to lose in-order to restore the ends,” he adds. If fronting up to the salon every six weeks seems too big an ask, Martin suggests you aim to schedule your salon visits in line with the start of every season.
Pick up with a do-it-all detangler
In the past, detangling sprays were the highlight of toddler hair-care, but the latest formulas to hit the market are just as big on protection and repair as they are tackling nuisance knots. You can try spritzing them through the lengths and ends before blow-drying for an extra smooth finish, or use them on dry hair to freshen up the lengths before brushing.
Hot tip: If you’ve got thin hair and find regular conditioner tends to leave your locks looking limp, try putting your conditioner on the backburner and use a detangling spray to comb out knots in the shower.
Toni & Guy Smoothing Detangler, $15.99, 1800 061 027. Perfect for thick or curly hair, its anti-static formula also moonlights as a frizz fighter and heat protecting spray in one.
Some other top tips to keep in mind…
- Always rinse your hair with cold water to seal the hair cuticle before stepping out of the shower.
- Invest in a wide-tooth comb. Using a thick bristled brush when trying to release knots will only snag the ends.
- Rubbing wet hair with a cotton bath towel causes friction, so make the switch to a microfiber towel that you can use to sponge excess water out of the hair before combing.